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Schizophr Res. 2005 Nov 1;79(1):137-43.

Subjective quality of life in subjects at risk for a first episode of psychosis: a comparison with first episode schizophrenia patients and healthy controls.

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Cologne Early Recognition and Intervention Centre for mental crises- FETZ, Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, University of Cologne, Kerpener Str. 62, 50924 Cologne, Germany. andreas.bechdolf@uk-koeln.de

Abstract

The concept of quality of life (QoL) is of growing relevance in schizophrenia research. However, there is to date no information on subjective QoL in subjects at risk for a first episode of psychosis in comparison to first episode schizophrenia patients (FE) or healthy controls (HC). Therefore 45 subjects in a putatively early initial prodromal state (EIPS), 40 FE and 45 HC were assessed on demographics, symptoms and subjective QoL as measured by the Modular System for Quality of Life. Results indicated that in most areas HC experienced the highest QoL scores followed in hierarchical order by EIPS and FE. EIPS and FE experienced significantly lower QoL than HC in 5 and 6 of 7 QoL domains. EIPS experienced the lowest ratings in affective QoL. Thus the data demonstrates that subjective QoL in subjects at risk for a first episode of psychosis is substantially reduced when compared with HC and suggests that subjective QoL is already compromised prior to the onset of first positive schizophrenia symptoms. These findings support the notion that subjects at risk for a first episode of psychosis constitute a clinical population for which further service and intervention research is indicated.

PMID:
15993567
DOI:
10.1016/j.schres.2005.06.008
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